Luke gets support from a famous name while Diamondback sets up his final plan for taking down his foe in the penultimate episode.
Beware the Spoilers
While the Method Man cameo was awesome, his rap later on seemed to stop everything down so he could explain what showrunner Cheo Coker wanted everyone to take away from the series. That lack of subtly was a minor flaw in a decent set up for the finale. The major flaw in the episode was the villain himself.
The majority of Diamondback’s time leading up to the final faceoff between him and Luke has been spent with Willis tying up loose ends he has created. He tried and failed to take Shades out, then attempted to buy the loyalty of Mariah. Luckily for her and us, she and Shades have a much stronger partnership that I hope to see more of in season two. Diamondback’s crazed ways led to Domingo and his men to believe they had to take on Willis for survival. Their futile plan went to hell when Diamondback revealed his super (ridiculous looking) suit.
Luke, on the other hand, is on the run after breaking out of police custody. The stories of what really happened in Harlem’s Paradise are starting to circulate and Luke is gaining support once again thanks in big part to Method Man talking about being saved by the hero while being held up at a bodega. It was amazing to see the neighborhood band together and wear hoodies with “bullet holes” in them to help confuse the police’s search for Luke. All this because he didn’t have to stop and help the people inside the bodega. He did it because he wants to make Harlem a better place.
Mariah and Shades know they have to stop Diamondback. His vendetta against Luke Cage is tearing Harlem to pieces. The only way they know to put an end to all of this is make nice with Luke. Of course the powered man is not going to put the whole framing for Cornell’s murder behind him, but Shades has what Luke wants. A way to clear Carl Lucas’ name. Before a full deal can be made, Willis comes bursting in with his (unbelievably dumb looking) suit that absorbs the impact of Shade’s bullets.
Eddie Fish says it all. “What kind of Jean-Paul Gaultier shit is this? What are you, some kind of pimp storm trooper?”
In addition to the original song Method Man performed, “Bulletproof Love” written by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ghostface Killah’s “Blood on the Cobblestones” is also featured.
What did you think of “Soliloquy of Chaos”? Do you like Diamondback’s new suit? Were you glad to see Shades survive and reteam with Mariah? Did you squee with joy when Method Man showed up? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below and please do not post spoilers for the finale. Not everyone gets to binge. Come back tomorrow for “You Know My Steez” and click here to check out all of the Luke Cage episode breakdowns so far.